Petty says NASCAR should do more to cut costs for teams Richard Petty, one of nine Sprint Cup team owners aligned with the new Race Team Alliance, says the owners are only doing what NASCAR should have taken the lead on to help them save money.
The NASCAR Hall of Famer and co-owner of Richard Petty Motorsports laughed when reminded that NASCAR Chairman Brian France said earlier this week that he didn't think the formation of the RTA was necessary.
"It's really kind of a bad idea from the standpoint that NASCAR should be doing what we're doing," Petty said Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "We belong to an organization in NASCAR, so NASCAR should be thinking (of) the best deals they can for the people that belong to their organization.
Christian Horner tells F1 media to stop focusing on the negatives
An angry Christian Horner turned on the media for persistent negative questioning over Formula 1 in a fiery Friday press conference at the Hungarian GP.
In a slow-burning 40-minute team bosses' news conference at the end of the same day in which Azerbaijan announced they would join the calendar from 2016, Red Bull chief Horner grew irritated with the line of questioning taken by the international media towards the six principals present.
After fielding a growing number of political questions surrounding F1's trips to Russia in October and Azerbaijan in two years, along with the sport’s finances, Horner took issue with why the teams were being put on the spot over such issues when it was up to the FIA to decide where they race.
IndyCar TV ratings up, still long way to go The IndyCar Series’ television ratings are headed in the right direction, but they’re still a long way from where advertisers and sponsors want to see them.
The series got off to a rough start last Saturday as its race north of the border was rained out. The make-up race the next morning was switched last minute from NBC Sports Network to MSNBC. That race attracted 128,000 viewers nationwide.
The second of IndyCar’s double-header in Toronto ran close to the time it was originally scheduled on NBCSN and drew 484,000 viewers nationwide, according to New York-based Nielsen Media Research. While that’s about half of what national advertisers and major corporate brands would like to see on a consistent basis out of the open-wheel series, the second Toronto race was the most-watched IndyCar race on NBCSN since the 2011 Grand Prix of Baltimore, which drew 591,000 sets of eyeballs.
Johnson Leads Drivers In NASCAR TV Exposure Heading into ESPN’s portion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers in sponsor TV exposure, garnering $75.3M during points-race telecasts (26 telecasts including replays), according to data from sponsorship measurement firm Joyce Julius. Johnson has led all Sprint Cup drivers the last two seasons, even when he finished second in ’12 Chase for the Sprint Cup. He currently sits second in the standings behind Brad Keselowski, who comes in at No. 4 in Joyce Julius’ rankings with $54.6M in exposure.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. ranks No. 2 in exposure value with $68.4M, while Kevin Harvick (sixth in standings) is No. 3 with $60.9M. Michael Waltrip’s No. 66 car, which has also been driven by Jeff Burton, Brett Moffitt and Tomy Drissi, ranks No. 7 in exposure. Around 93% of the exposure came from Waltrip’s appearance on the Fox set during the rain delay at the Daytona 500.
Felipe Nasr took his first GP2 pole position today in Budapest.
Felipe Nasr is a happy man: in today’s close qualifying session at the Hungaroring, the Brazilian took his first GP2 pole position with a blazing laptime of 1:28.436 ahead of Tom Dillmann and rookie Arthur Pic.
It was again very hot as the pitlane opened and the twenty-six cars rushed onto the track on Pirelli Soft tires. Johnny Cecotto was clearly on a mission: having to lose three grid places for tomorrow’s feature race following a penalty picked up earlier after free practice, the Venezuelan put his head down from the very beginning of the session and became the first man to dip under 1m29s. However, that was not enough to secure pole. His laptime was first bettered by Stéphane Richelmi and then by Stoffel Vandoorne.
Richelmi stopped on the start/finish line following what seemed to be mechanical gremlins which prompted the yellow flags and ruined Cecotto’s efforts – the Trident man was then on a flyer but had to lift off in the final sector. Series leader Jolyon Palmer was up next and enjoyed the top of the standings briefly until Vandoorne found some extra pace to claim the top spot. That’s when Campos Racing’s duo found a clear track and went top, Pic ahead of teammate Kimiya Sato.
An interesting perspective on IndyCar's weekend in Toronto
IndyCar had some tricky conditions to manage this weekend in Toronto.
(Editor's note: Below is an article by Ben Halls, which appeared on HITC Sport, which gives a unique perspective on this past weekend's happening at the Honda Indy Toronto. In particular, Halls points out some of the differences between F1 and IndyCar, and says F1 could learn a few lessons from its North American counterparts. To be clear, what follows is the opinion of the writer, and not necessarily that of AutoRacing1.)
When the rain became so heavy that the safety car spun on the formation lap, IndyCar knew that all was not going to go too well at their double-header event around the streets of Toronto.
The plan was to run two full-length races over the weekend, one on Saturday and one on Sunday, complete with all the associated qualifying sessions. However, a rain storm which reduced visibility to zero scuppered all of that, leading to Saturday's race being abandoned.
Hungarian GP: Mercedes 1-2 in 2nd practice Lewis Hamilton has dominated the Hungaroring for years. Every driver has their best track, and the Hungaroring is that track for Hamilton. Hamilton led both sessions Friday ahead of his Mercedes teammate
Vettel, who was 4th in the morning, held on to end up the best non-Mercedes in third overall, six tenths off the pace and three tenths up on Fernando Alonso.
McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen was fifth fastest ahead of Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen, with Ricciardo sliding to seventh.
DONINGTON (25 July 2014) - While Andretti Formula E continues to evaluate candidates for its second full-time driver in the new global FIA, all-electric racing series, the American team recently called up one of its own from its stateside outfit. Reigning Pro Mazda champion and Indy Lights rookie Matthew Brabham made his way across the pond to visit with the team at its headquarters in the UK where the 20-year-old took a tour of the brand spanking new facilities at Donington Park, met with team members and had the opportunity to have a look at the innovative electric cars up close and personal, including an opportunity to take the Spark Renault SRT-01E for a few test laps.
"It's an amazing opportunity for me, and I'm very grateful to Andretti Autosport; they have a fantastic operation going here in the UK," the third-generation racer said. "The Formula E car is very interesting and complex and I think it has a great future ahead. I believe we got some valuable data from my time in the car, and it was a lot of fun, so a big thank you to the team. The series is also littered with accomplished engineers and drivers, and in meeting them, I think it's great for building my experience as well."
Stoffel Vandoorne sets the pace in GP2 practice Stoffel Vandoorne has made his intentions pretty clear regarding his ambitions for this weekend’s GP2 round in Budapest: the Belgian driver set the quickest laptime in today’s free practice in a 1:29.479. He edged Felipe Nasr out of the top spot for 0.006s. Stephane Richelmi completed the top three.
The session opened under blue skies and in high temperatures. All twenty-six drivers fed onto the track on Pirelli Medium tires, and it was Sergio Canamasas who set the early pace. However, Nasr was soon able to improve on the Spaniard’s laptime and moved up to P1 - a hairsbreadth ahead of Vandoorne and Johnny Cecotto.
Mercedes, with its 130 HP advantage, led the way in the first free practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton topping teammate Nico Rosberg by just 0.183 seconds. They were the only ones to lap in the 1m25s bracket around the Hungaroring.
The other drivers? They may as well stay home. Kimi Raikkonen finished up third, six tenths of a second behind Hamilton.
Raikkonen was four tenths ahead of Ferrari teammate Fernando Alonso, who was in turn four tenths faster than reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel in the best of the Red Bulls a whopping 1.4 seconds adrift.
Formula E electric-car race in Long Beach to have free admission The inaugural Formula E race in Long Beach next year, featuring 20 electric-powered cars, will have free grandstand and general admission, organizers said Wednesday..
The race will be run by the Grand Prix Assn. of Long Beach, the same group that runs the venerable Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach that features cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series racing on the city's seaside streets.
Formula E's race is scheduled for April 4, two weeks before the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, and Formula E will use a 1.6-mile, seven-turn portion of the same course used in the IndyCar race.
NASCAR's decline hitting Dover Motorsports Dover Motorsports today reported a decrease in Q2 revenues, citing lower motorsports admissions and event-related revenue, partially offset by the contracted increase in broadcasting revenue for the Dover NASCAR weekend. Revenues for the three months ending June 30 were $24.3M, down from $24.5M in the year-ago period. During the quarter, the track promoted a NASCAR triple-header and hosted the Firefly Music Festival. Dover Motorsports
Porsche buys Kyalami South Africa's Kyalami racetrack, which hosted Formula One Grand Prix races for nearly two decades, was bought by Porsche for nearly $20 million at auction on Thursday.
"It's Porsche South Africa that has been the successful bidder," said auctioneer Joff van Reenen, adding that it was South Africa's highest auction price on a single lot.
The purchase by the luxury car company will come as a relief to motorsport fans who feared that the 72 hectares of prime land north of Johannesburg would be bought by property developers who would scrap the famed circuit.
France trying to protect NASCAR dictatorship NASCAR Chairman Brian France doesn’t see the need for the Race Team Alliance, and he pledged Monday to continue to talk to all owners individually about their concerns.
Speaking on SiriusXM’s NASCAR channel Monday afternoon, France addressed the issue of the alliance, a group of nine Sprint Cup teams that recently announced they would work together to increase leverage of purchasing power for everything from common parts and pieces to travel.
Rob Kauffman, the group’s chairman, has said that the group, if asked, also could serve as a voice of the owners in discussions with NASCAR.
Acura NSX prototype bursts into flames at the Nurburgring An Acura NSX prototype has caught on fire at the Nurburgring.
Details are limited but the car was putting in a lap on the Nordschleife when witnesses started to see flames coming out of the rear end. The test driver eventually pulled over at the Pflanzgarten and escaped without injury. This is rather fortunate as the fire quickly spread and made the car a complete loss.
As we have previously reported, the NSX will be built at Acura's Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio. It will feature a mid-mounted V6 engine and a Sport Hybrid Super Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system that has two electric motors that power the front wheels as well as another motor that is integrated into the dual-clutch transmission. Photo
IMSA Brickyard notebook for Thursday It’s hard to think of the ninth Indianapolis 500 veteran added to this week’s Brickyard Grand Prix field as any kind of “veteran.” At 19 years old, Sage Karam hardly qualifies as an old-timer, but the youngster was calm and composed on his way to a ninth-place finish on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval two months ago. Had it not been for another “rookie” (again, a misleading term) named Kurt Busch, Karam would have been the hands-down choice for Indy 500 rookie of the year.
Karam was tabbed earlier this week to replace Memo Rojas alongside Scott Pruett in the No. 01 Telcel Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Ford EcoBoost/Riley Prototype, as Rojas deals with back issues. Karam called it a “no-brainer” when he was asked to fill in by the team, which has signed Karam to a driver development deal. Karam made his TUDOR United SportsCar Championship debut with the team in January in the Rolex 24 At Daytona prior to his memorable Indy 500 drive.
IndyCar fines Rahal and Foyt teams INDYCAR announced today post-event infractions from the Honda Indy Toronto 2 in T.O., which was held July 20 at Exhibition Place in Toronto.
• INDYCAR officials have fined Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing $5,000 for a technical violation on its No. 16 Verizon IndyCar Series entry driven by Luca Filippi. The entrant was found to have violated Rule 126.96.36.199. (Car weight) of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook following Race 1 Qualifications.
Alexander Rossi, from one backmarker team to the next
Alexander Rossi has been appointed as Marussia’s official reserve driver for the remainder of the 2014 season.
The 22-year-old American, who left his reserve driver role at Caterham earlier this month, will join the Banbury-based squad from this weekend’s race in Hungary and will provide cover should either of the team’s regular drivers, Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton, be unable to compete.
"Today is a good day and the next step in my Formula One career," said Rossi, who took part in four FP1 sessions with Caterham during his stint with the team.
"Since my initial discussions with the Marussia F1 Team management, I've felt right at home. I'm looking forward to working with the team in Hungary and building for the rest of the season.
Takuma Sato will try to avoid the gravel today at Mid-Ohio.
A quick update from earlier.
While we do not have staff on-site today at Mid-Ohio, intelligence gathered from AR1 spy planes has revealed that Josef Newgarden of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing and Takuma Sato of A.J. Foyt Racing are taking part in today's test.
We will pass along any additional information as we receive it.
07/24/14 IndyCar testing will occur today at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, as five Verizon IndyCar Series teams will be there ahead of Mid-Ohio’s Honda Indy 200 next weekend (August 1-3).
All four Andretti Autosport and Chip Ganassi Racing entries (eight total cars), plus the three from Team Penske, two from Dale Coyne Racing, two from KV Racing and single cars from Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (Mikhail Aleshin), Ed Carpenter Racing (Mike Conway) and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (Graham Rahal) will be testing at the 2.258-mile road course. Missing will be A.J. Foyt, Sarah Fisher Hartman and Bryan Herta Autosport teams.
Mutual of Omaha Expands IndyCar Involvement in Milwaukee Officials of the ABC Supply Co. Inc. Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest Presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers have announced Mutual of Omaha as a new event partner and Official Insurance Company of Milwaukee IndyFest.
The new partnership continues Mutual of Omaha's involvement in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The insurance and financial services company has been a long-time partner of Andretti Autosport and the three generations of Andretti racers.
DTM selects Zandvoort as replacement venue for China The ninth round of the 2014 DTM season will be held from 27th to 28th September at Zandvoort, Netherlands. The Chinese round that originally was supposed to be held at Guangzhou, on this weekend, had to be cancelled as the modifications necessary for erecting the circuit proved to be far more extensive than planned. Realizing a replacement event at one of China’s permanent circuits also turned out to be impossible and so, the penultimate round of the 2014 season will now be staged by Zandvoort’s dune circuit.
Toronto IndyCar TV ratings The TV numbers are in for this past weekend's IndyCar races from Toronto on NBC Sports Network. We see some growth from 2013, but they are still infomercial level viewership numbers. But at least they're not down, which they would be if 2013 had been on ABC.
Saturday race live on CNBC: 128,000 viewers Saturday race Tape Delay on NBCSN: 297,000 viewers Sunday race live on NBCSN: 484,000 viewers
Last year on the same weekend, also on NBCSN: 273,000 viewers on NBCSN on Saturday 258,000 viewers on NBCSN on Sunday.
Pocono Raceway Solar Farm Reaches 15 Million Mark Nearly four years to the day of the original dedication of Pocono Raceway’s solar farm, the total amount of energy produced by the 25-acre facility reached the 15,000,000 kilowatt hour (kWh) mark. "The Tricky Triangle's" solar installation consists of 39,960 American-made photovoltaic modules (or solar panels) which will produce an estimated 72 Million (kWh) of energy over the next 20 years. The environmental attributes associated with the system will offset more than 3,104 Metric Tons of carbon dioxide annually and will generate enough power, beyond the power needs of Pocono Raceway, to provide the electricity needs for over 300 homes.
"It is amazing to see the amount of energy produced by the solar farm in this short period of time,” said Pocono Raceway President/CEO Brandon Igdalsky.
"To put the amount of energy produced into layman’s terms, the solar farm has saved over 1,215,000 gallons of fuel. This would equal 121, 500 trips from New York City or Philadelphia to Pocono Raceway in a vehicle, such as an RV, using 10 miles per gallon of gasoline.
GM recalls 717,950 vehicles, pushing year's recall tally to 60 General Motors is recalling another 717,950 U.S. vehicles, mostly 2010-12 model year cars and crossovers, lifting its total for the year to a record 60 safety campaigns covering around 29 million vehicles globally.
GM said in a statement today that the safety defects in the latest vehicles being recalled have been linked to two crashes and three injuries. The largest campaign covers 414,333 cars and crossovers with power height-adjustable driver or front passenger seats. GM said a bolt that secures the height-adjuster actuator may come loose or fall out, causing the seat to move up and down freely.
Brembo to invest nearly $100M in new Michigan foundry, expand capacity Italian brakes maker Brembo will build a new foundry in Michigan to expand its manufacturing capability in the United States, betting on continued strength of the country's automotive sector.
Brembo, which counts General Motors, Fiat Chrysler , BMW, Ford, Honda, Daimler , Mitsubishi and Subaru among its clients in the United States, plans to invest 74 million euros ($99.6 million) to build a foundry with capacity of up to 80,000 tons a year of brake disc castings, it said in a statement today.
The foundry will supply the company's existing Homer facilities in Michigan, where the castings are made into finished products.
"(The) new foundry in Michigan reinforces the company's commitment to the North American market, which has grown substantially over the past five years and is slated to become Brembo's No.1 geographic market by the end of 2014," the company said
Grand Prix Association of LB to Facilitate 2015 Long Beach ePrix
A shortened Long Beach track for Formula E
The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, which owns and operates the annual IndyCar Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, has been retained by the new all-electric FIA Formula E Championship to facilitate the operation of its inaugural Long Beach ePrix, set to take place Sat., April 4, 2015.
The Long Beach ePrix, round six of the world’s first fully-electric racing series and one of two US races alongside Miami, will feature 20 electric race cars piloted by top-class drivers on a portion of the traditional Grand Prix circuit on the downtown streets of Long Beach. The Formula E race circuit will incorporate seven turns and be 1.6 miles long, utilizing the same iconic start/finish line as the Grand Prix.
Hunter-Reay earns Driver of Year quarterly award Indianapolis 500 Mile Race winner and recent ESPY Best Driver award winner Ryan Hunter-Reay has been voted winner of the second quarter Driver of the Year Award 2014.
Hunter-Reay, 33, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., won "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" on May 25, won the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama for the second consecutive year and was runner-up in the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis during the second quarter. He kicked off the third quarter with a victory in the Iowa Corn Indy 300 presented by DEKALB on July 12.
Ed Carpenter gave Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne a ride in the IndyCar two-seater.
ANDERSON, Ind.(Wednesday, July 23, 2014) - Verizon IndyCar Series driver Ed Carpenter had a key role in helping Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne arrive at training camp in style.
The two-time Indianapolis 500 pole sitter and four-time race winner drove an Indy Racing Experience two-seater as the Colts star made his customary grand entrance to training camp at Anderson University.
"I want one of these," Wayne said after climbing out of the back seat of the car, which typically gives rides at Verizon IndyCar Series racing venues. "I enjoyed every little bit of that. It was fun. I'm a guy that likes speed, which is one way to get that speed in me."
He and Carpenter got in the car at the exit off I-69 and made the five-mile drive to the college campus.
Carpenter, a Colts season ticket holder, said he didn't hesitate when asked to take part in the event, which has seen Wayne arrived to camp in a helicopter, dump truck, military convoy and even in a bus that was full of kids.
Brickyard 400 attendance remains flat Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles said this year's Brickyard 400 weekend is shaping up "very well."
But that doesn't mean attendance for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race is headed up.
Though the Speedway doesn't divulge attendance figures, last year's race drew an estimated 75,000 to 85,000 fans, according to multiple sources, some inside NASCAR. That's a far cry from the 250,000-plus the race attracted in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Video: Hamilton and Rosberg Look Ahead to the Hungarian Grand Prix Searing heat and 4.381 km of tightly woven twists and turns: Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are about to tackle one of the most demanding circuits on the Formula One calendar - the Hungaroring.
Lewis: "The Hungarian Grand Prix is fantastic. It's something of an old-school track in its characteristics and is perfectly suited to my aggressive style of driving."
Austin Cindric will be running U.S. F2000 and Pirelli World Challenge races next weekend at Mid-Ohio.
LEXINGTON, OH – Rising young American star Austin Cindric will make his Pirelli World Challenge debut at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge Presented by StopTech weekend. He'll be in an entry that will raise awareness and funding for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Pirelli World Challenge President/CEO Scott Bove, of Conifer, Col., will race the car in Saturday's Round 11 with Cindric taking over on Sunday for Round 12.
Cindric, 15, plans to race a rare quadruple header during the Mid-Ohio weekend. In addition to his three scheduled USF2000 races, which is his primary program for the 2014 racing season, Cindric has been added to the driver lineup of the No. 55 Special Operations Warrior Foundation Ford Mustang Boss 302S for Sunday's Round 12 of the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge GTS Championship.
A native of Columbus, Ohio who now lives in Mooresville, N.C., Cindric has experience at the Mid-Ohio track, as well as with the car he will be piloting having raced a similar Ford Mustang 500R at Miller Motorsports Park. Besides his USF2000 program, Cindric is also competing in the Red Bull Global Rallycross' GRC Lites category this season, and has recently tested other forms of machinery in an effort to broaden his career horizons. Running a Pirelli World Challenge Mustang is merely his latest endeavor.
"Racing one race in one weekend is pretty cool, but doing four at a track like Mid-Ohio is a pretty awesome opportunity. And anytime you're helping someone while you're driving, it's a win-win situation," Cindric said. "The car diversity will be a great test of how I can drive, what I can drive and see how I can do," he added. "I'll take it like a normal weekend. When my third USF2000 race is done I can really focus and look at the data, figure out what I need to do, and have fun."
After suffering an unfortunate disqualification at Volkswagen Rallycross NY, Speed now sits 35 points behind Nelson Piquet Jr. in the drivers' championship standings
As the defending champion at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Mt. Holly, N.C. resident hopes to capture his third win of the season in front of the hometown crowd
"Overall I think we once again showed that the Andretti Autosport Volkswagens' are the quickest cars out there and the one-two result at Volkswagen Rallycross NY definitely reflected that. The disqualification is very unfortunate and something that we could have predicted going into the weekend. This obviously puts us in a tough position to regain those points, but I'm confident we can fight our way back in the championship. Thanks to the team for another great effort, we'll get our revenge this weekend in Charlotte."
Sage Karam to make another sports car start for Ganassi
INDIANAPOLIS (July 23, 2014) – Seven-time and reigning GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Champions and five-time Rolex 24 At Daytona Winners Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) announced today that development driver Sage Karam will join Scott Pruett in the driver lineup of the No. 01 Telcel Ford EcoBoost Prototype (P) for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (TUSC) Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) on July 25. The driver lineup changes after regular co-driver Memo Rojas couldn’t compete this weekend due to a nagging back issue.
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Karam Behind the Wheel: The reigning Indy Lights Champion, 2011 Star Mazda Rookie of the Year and 2010 USF2000 Champion returns to CGRFS after making his debut with the team in Round 1 of the TUSC in his first start in a sports car at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, again with the team in Round 2 at the 12 Hours of Sebring, and most recently in round 7 at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen. Karam also led the team’s four-car Indianapolis 500 effort in his very first Verizon IndyCar Series start with a ninth-place result at IMS in May.
Honda Gets Power Increase IMSA late Thursday confirmed Balance of Performance adjustments for a variety of Prototype, GT Le Mans and GT Daytona cars ahead of next weekend’s Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
After struggling to match the power of OAK Racing’s Nissan-powered Morgan in the last two rounds, the HPD ARX-03b has been given a 0.3 mm larger air restrictor.
No other changes have been made to the P class cars.
Getting in the race with Jonathan Byrd's Racing the Ginny 500 What is the GINNY 500? The GINNY 500 is a play on the "Indy 500," and it is named after the owner of Jonathan Byrd’s (www.JonathanByrds.com), Virginia “Ginny” Byrd, wife of the late Jonathan Byrd. Along with that, it’s called the "GINNY 500" because it springs from Ginny Byrd’s new vision of Jonathan Byrd’s, as we build on the past while adapting for the present and embracing the future.
The inaugural running of the GINNY 500 kicked off on June 28th, and will run through May 17, 2015. The GINNY 500 is and will be Jonathan Byrd’s biggest promotion ever. With what we are planning to do, we hope to make a big splash that keeps us on the radar screen for existing customers and will allow us to develop new customers.
Dragon Racing, the Los Angeles based professional motorsports team owned by media and publishing entrepreneur Jay Penske, has today announced the signing of Jerome d'Ambrosio to compete in the new all-electric FIA Formula E Championship.
The 28-year-old Belgian began go-karting aged eight before quickly rising through the single-seater ranks on his way to his Formula One debut with the Virgin F1 Team (now Marussia). In doing so he became only the third Belgian in the history of the sport to complete a full season in F1, after well-known racing drivers Jacky Ickx and Thierry Boutsen. Following this, d'Ambrosio moved to the Lotus F1 Team as a reserve driver for 2012-2013, taking part in the 2012 Italian Grand Prix. More recently, he signed with Bentley for their return to endurance racing and is now looking forward to beginning the Formula E season with Dragon Racing.
IMSA News And Notes: Indianapolis Motor Speedway TUDOR Championship Set To Tackle The Iconic Brickyard
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the next stop for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship – and yet another iconic North American motorsports venue on the inaugural 2014 schedule.
All four TUDOR Championship classes will compete in the Brickyard Grand Prix, a two-hour, 45-minute race on Friday at 5:45 p.m. ET.
While the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series competed in the Brickyard Grand Prix the past two years, the unification of North American sports car racing now extends the opportunity to race at Indy to teams and drivers that formerly competed in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n, including competitors formerly in the P2, GT, Prototype Challenge (PC) and GTC classes.
Slower ticket sales for Eldora race no surprise NASCAR returns to Eldora Speedway for another Truck Series race Wednesday and while the dirt track appears close to a sellout, it certainly is different than a year ago, when grandstand tickets were sold out nearly five months in advance.
The difference is dynamic and some might even be shocked that a such highly publicized event at a track owned by Tony Stewart would have trouble selling 18,000 tickets. But in reality, it shouldn't be too surprising that tickets as of Tuesday were still available, although Stewart said Monday fewer than 1,000 remain.
An inaugural event is typically a prime ticket, but the race was exciting enough and the atmosphere good enough that it would seem that the track should have an easier time selling 18,000 tickets. But with so few seats at Eldora, prices are set at $36-40 a ticket for a Wednesday night race at a track located in the fields of Ohio, where many would need to take at least part of a day off work to get there in time for the heat races.
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